ICE Slide Past Tigers 6-1
Riding high off a home win on Thursday, the Tigers welcomed the league leading Winnipeg ICE to Co-op Place on Saturday night. It was the third of six meetings between the two teams this season. The ICE took the two previous games but the new look Tigers were looking to get a win on home ice.
The ICE opened the scoring early in the first period. Just three minutes in, Jack Finley found Connor McClennon at the side of the net for his league leading 24th goal of the season. Despite both teams having opportunities, neither team was able to light the lamp throughout the remainder of the period.
Winnipeg came out swinging in the second period and put up three unanswered goals to increase their lead to 4-0. Connor McClennon made it a 2-0 game with his second of the game 5:46 into the period. He got the puck out front and let go a quick release on the blocker side to add to his league leading total. Less than two minute later, Cole Muir was driving behind the net and kicked it out front to Alessandro Segafredo at the side of the net. Segafredo let a wrister go that found the bottom right corner of the net for his fourth of the year. Zachary Benson made it a four goal lead with 6:30 left in the second with his 12th of the season. There was a scramble in front of the net and Benson showed off his hand eye coordination by batting a puck out of the air and into the goal.
The ICE would continue to showcase their high powered offence to start the third period. 16 seconds into the period, Jack Finley redirected Nolan Orzeck shot from the top of the left circle past the Tigers netminder for his 12th. Orzeck would add a goal to his three assists later in the period. With just over seven minutes remaining, Orzeck came down on the right wing and let a wrister go on net. The shot just snuck under the goaltender's arm to make it a 6-0 game. The Tigers would claw back one though late in the period to make it 6-1. Tyler MacKenzie found Reid Andresen in the slot where he let a quick wrister go. He rippled the netting on the short side for his third of the season. Brayden Boehm picked up the secondary assist on the lone Tigers goal.
Beckett Langkow (2-7-1-1) got the start in net for the Tigers. He stopped 21 of the 27 shots that he faced.
Nolan Orzeck - Winnipeg ICE
Connor McClennon - Winnipeg ICE
Gage Alexander - Winnipeg ICE
Shots Power Play Penalty Kill
Medicine Hat 28 0/3 3/3
Winnipeg 27 0/3 3/3
The Tigers' next game is Sunday, January 2nd when the Tigers travel to Calgary to take on the Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Game time is 1:00 PM (MST) and can be heard live on CHAT 94.5 FM at tigershockey.com or watched via webcast at watch.chl.ca.
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